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Cherie McCarthy Retires From Okefenokee Technical College

Cherie “Pie” McCarthy, Executive Assistant to the President and a familiar, friendly face at Okefenokee Technical College since May 1977, has retired after a 30-year career.

On a beautiful fall afternoon on the front lawn of the main campus, President Gail Thaxton, on behalf of the entire staff, presented McCarthy with a two-strand pearl bracelet in recognition of her outstanding work and dedication to Okefenokee Technical College. Each pearl represents “friends and fun times that you can take with you and rCherie McCarthy and Dr. Gail Thaxtonemember from your 30 years at OTC,” said Thaxton. Thaxton expressed her gratitude to Cherie for her support and work in the President’s Office.

Although it was painfully difficult, the OTC staff honored Pie’s wishes of no fanfare, receptions, or other recognitions upon her retirement. On her last day at OTC, however, all college employees surprised Pie by wearing black and red in honor of her and her love for UGA football. Everyone on staff knows that Pie loves those Georgia bulldogs!

McCarthy also loves OTC. Her passion for helping others, along with her belief in the mission of the college, was the driving force behind her work with the foundation. McCarthy served as the OTC staff secretary for the OTC Foundation from its inception in 1991. She also served as one of the in-house foundation committee members and was one of the charter members of the 1% Club, a group of employees who contributes at least 1% of their salary to the OTC Foundation.

Although McCarthy was initially hired at Okefenokee Tech as an Admissions Clerk, she soon took a position as Accounting Technician, where she managed multiple jobs, including payroll. Then in 1992, she accepted the job of Executive Secretary to the President under the leadership of Mr. Ray Miller. McCarthy advanced in this role, moving from Executive Secretary to Administrative Assistant and most recently, Executive Assistant. Over the years in this office, she worked for three college presidents: Mr. Ray Miller, Dr. John Pike, and Dr. Gail Thaxton.

As Executive Assistant to the President, McCarthy was responsible for all areas of the Office of the President, coordinating the daily activities of the President, handling all daily functions of the office, serving as a liaison between the President’s Office and board members, and assisting operational activities of the President, among other duties and responsibilities.

McCarthy also worked closely with the Office of Public Relations, assisting with special projects, college events, and marketing.

Cherie holds high standards for herself and others regarding work ethic. At OTC she worked diligently every day to make the college shine. And then, just as quietly as she came and went each day to work, Pie left her office in the Rodney Moore Building to tackle other adventures in life.  

McCarthy says that in retirement she plans to go shopping with her mom and sister, spend lots of time with family and friends, and work in her church. Oh yeah, she plans to wear a Georgia shirt and shorts every day and go to all of the dawg games!

Cherie is married to Kenny McCarthy, and they have two children, Will and Drew. She is the daughter of Jeanette Mobley and the late Shelton (Skeet) Mobley.

The staff at OTC wishes her lots of fun-filled days! Happy retirement, Cherie, and thank you for your 30 years of service!

Photo: OTC President Gail Thaxton (right) congratulates Cherie McCarthy on her retirement from Okefenokee Technical College after 30 years of employment.


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